It’s one of the world’s hottest curries – a flaming hot sizzler capable of sending even the bravest challenger rushing to the nearest hospital in the back of an ambulance.
But now the Kismot Killer Curry is set to have its very own restaurant, with the launch of The Killer Restaurant in Tollcross.
Located in Gilmore Place, just opposite the King’s Theatre, the new eatery will be run by the same team behind the Kismot Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant in St Leonard’s Street and will be split into two separate rooms – The Killer Curry House and The Killer BBQ House.
And, in an unusual move, the new venue will even boast Big Brother-style CCTV cameras placed around the dining area and kitchen to allow guests to view everything that is happening live on the restaurant’s website.
Today Kismot chef Abdul Ali promised a “phenomenal” experience for guests – and said bookings for the restaurant’s opening weekend this week were already piling in.
The chef also revealed plans to hire out a fire engine on Thursday to dish out free curry samples around the Capital.
He said: “It’s not your average restaurant, I promise you that. We have stripped it and cleaned it up, and designed it as a museum to the Killer Curry. There will be nothing else like it in the world.
“The whole restaurant is going to be phenomenal. Scotland and Edinburgh is our home, and we just want to be different and show people what we are all about.
“Due to the overwhelming interest in the Killer Curry, we decided to go to bigger premises in the central Edinburgh area. We have been working on it for the last six months.
“This is our life. We want it to be a case of what you see is what you get – we are going on camera and we aren’t going to hide anything.”
The Killer Restaurant will be launched this Friday, where it will provide the venue for Kismot’s annual curry eating competition – this year boasting a “new and improved” recipe for the infamous Kismot Killer.
The charity event, which runs from 6pm until 9pm, is set to raise money for The Firefighters Charity Scotland, with organisers promising a fire engine on site through the evening “in case things get too hot”.
Entertainment and a canapé-style dinner will also be provided before the competition itself sees ten “lucky” contestants attempt to endure three servings of Killer Curry.
Kismot’s world-famous curry competition has caused controversy in the past, with two participants rushed to hospital in 2011 after becoming “very unwell” as a result of taking part. But its organisers point to its enduring popularity and the thousands of pounds raised for charity every year.
Those wishing to step up to the plate must sign a disclaimer absolving Kismot of any responsibility for their wellbeing. One line in the tongue-in-cheek document reads: “If you die whilst eating the curry, members of the table must share the cost of your Kismot Killer.”